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Welch Leads Bipartisan Coalition Calling for Full Funding of Heating Assistance Program

March 20, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – As Vermont emerges from a winter of extreme cold, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) has rallied a bipartisan coalition to fight for full funding of the Low Income Heating Assistance Program. President Trump has proposed eliminating the program in his budget two years in a row.

Today, in a letter led by Welch to the House Appropriations Committee, 171 Members expressed the critical importance of this safety net program to struggling families.

“LIHEAP helps low-income households and seniors with their energy bills, providing vital assistance during both the cold winter months and the hot summer months,” wrote the Members. “LIHEAP households are among the most vulnerable in the country. For these households, LIHEAP funding has been a lifeline during challenging economic times. Access to affordable home energy is not a luxury—it is a matter of health and safety.”

The full text of the letter can be found here.